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Interior of Shrubland Park Hospital, Barham, Suffolk, Showing Staff and a Patient

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This painting shows staff and a patient, Mr Wasp(e) of Claydon, on duty at the hospital. It was painted shortly after the First World War and presented by the artist to Claydon Red Cross detachment in 1950. Marion Saumarez served as a nursing member at Shrubland Park Hospital during the First World War. Shrublands Park was the home of the Saumarez family and was loaned as a hospital during both World Wars. Marion Saumarez was the daughter of James, fourth Lord de Saumarez and descendent of a line of officers with distinguished service in the British navy, her mother, Lady de Saumarez (née Jane Ann Broke), was heiress to seven large houses and land in Suffolk. In the early 1900s, Lord de Saumarez took an apartment in Paris, which gave her the ideal opportunity to develop her interest in painting. She studied at the Académie Julian for seven years, an academy that gave women the same training in art as men.

British Red Cross Museum and Archives



Interior of Shrubland Park Hospital, Barham, Suffolk, Showing Staff and a Patient




oil on board


H 50 x W 39 cm

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transferred from the British Red Cross Society, Suffolk Branch, 1987

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